If you’re thinking about starting your own reptile terrarium, there are a lot of things you must consider. First of all, and possibly the most fun part of all, is choosing your first terrarium pet. There are many options when choosing a a pet. You can choose from all types of lizards including geckos, chameleons, anoles, and iguanas. You could make a nice amphibian habitat for some green tree frogs. How about building a home for a corn snake or ball python? With a little research you can also find out which pets can live together in the same environment and get along well. This makes it possible to have a variety of beautiful creatures and add to the personality of your terrarium.
The next thing you should consider is space. Some reptile pets are small and stay small so you won’t need a very big terrarium for them. Others can start small and grow to be very large, such as iguanas and some snakes. You have to accommodate for this and have a large enclosure, or one that is possible to add on to. Also, depending on the type of pet you get, you might need a tall cage full of things to climb or you might instead need a wider, low cage with a lot of space to roam around and dig.
There are a few different types of reptile terrariums. One variety is a desert terrarium. This one is what you’ll need if you plan on getting any type of desert lizard or snake. They’re usually decorated with half pieces of tree bark, cacti and other desert plants, and a water supply of some sort. Another one is a woodland type terrain. This one is mainly for reptiles and amphibians you might find in tropical or temperate forests. They contain tree branches, roots, rocks and other similar terrarium plants for creatures to climb on. You should also add bark and other things for your pet to hide under, as well as a water source. You may also choose to get some sort of aquatic pet like a turtle or water snake. You’ll then need a reptile terrarium with about 6 inches of water, a filter and water heater. With all types of cages, you’ll need some sort of substrate to cover the bottom and a heat lamp with a basking area that could be a piece of bark or a large flat rock.
As with any other new endeavours, research is the best thing you can do for yourself. When it comes down to it, the type of pet you decide to get, will determine what your reptile habitat should look like and contain. It’s well worth all of the effort you put into this project though. Once everything is set up just the way you want it and your pets are having fun and looking good, you can be proud of your beautiful new reptile terrarium.
Brett Hoppough is an internet marketer with a love for all things music and pets. He especially loves small pets like rodents and reptiles. Playing guitar and writing songs is his musical outlet.